Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women

Community Impact Feminist Fellowship

The Community Impact Feminist FellowshipThe Community Impact Feminist Fellowship is an 10-week summer fellowship program for UToledo undergraduate students of all gender identities and gender expressions.

The Community Impact Feminist Fellowship integrates intersectional feminist theories and student affairs best practices to further develop students' leadership and deepen their connection to the University of Toledo and the Greater Toledo community. From May 27 - August 2,  Fellows will complete 200 hours total: 16 hours per week applying leadership skills at a nonprofit agency and 4 hours per week with the Eberly Center staff and cohort. Fellows earn $11/hour for all hours logged with fellowship site and ECW.

We are excited to announce our 2024 agencies: AAUW, AAF, Equality Toledo, the Division of Gender Equity at the City of Toledo, One Me to Be, Solace Health and Wellness, & Women of Toledo!


Student Learning Outcomes

Community Impact Feminist Fellows participate in weekly curricular seminars and co-curricular activities to complement the pragmatic exposure to gender equity advocacy with their nonprofit agencies. The integrated experience provides the opportunity for students to:

  1. Apply intersectional feminist theories in their practical fellowship experience.
  2. articulate their own self-efficacy and leadership abilities around gender equity advocacy.
  3. Formulate relationships with role models in nonprofit leadership positions to build their professional network.

2024 Community Impact Feminist Fellow Applications

The Community Impact Feminist Fellowship applications will open the week of January 16, 2024. If you have any questions, please reach out to Danielle Lutman via email or stop into the Eberly Center.

Students must apply on Handshake. Applications will close on Sunday, March 10th at 11:59pm.

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 2024 Requirements for Students

  • Undergraduate status in good standing
  • Pursuing career that engages in social justice and the advancement of gender equity
  • Completed or currently enrolled in AFST 1100, DST 2020, SOC/LST/WGST 2640, SOCW 1030, or WGST 2010
  • Completed a minimum of 6 credit hours in Spring 2024 AND registered for 6 credit hours in Fall 2024
  • Attend interviews the week of March 19, 2024

If selected for CIFF 2024:

  • Attend matching meetings with agencies the week of April 2, 2024
  • Attend Cheers to You on Saturday, April 20th to find out your agency
  • Attend Fellowship Orientation the week of May 27, 2023
  • Complete 16 hours per week at assigned nonprofits organization from May 27 - August 2
  • Complete 4 hours per week engaging in reading, reflection, individual check-ins, and group discussions from May 27 - August 2

2024 Agencies

AAUW (American Association of University Women) works to advance equity for women and girls. Their priorities are Removing Bias from Education, Fighting for Fair Pay & Economic Equity, & Advancing Women in Leadership.
Potential projects include:
Assist with planning & facilitating programs like Women's Equality Day and study groups; strategizing and generating social media content; managing newsletter, mailing list and directory.

Abortion Access Front is a team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states as well as support and raise awareness about independent abortion providers. 
Potential projects include:
coordinate and plan a week of direct action during the Democratic National Convention in August; assist with ongoing clinic support projects; help maintain AAF's Activist Calendar and Expose Fake Clinic project.

Division of Gender Equity, City of Toledo works to address discrimination against women, girls, and other minoritized genders in areas including employment, economic development, political representation, gender-based violence, education, and health care. We recognize the intersectional connection between race, economic status, immigration, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation as directly impactful to discrimination against women, girls, and other minoritized genders.
Potential projects include:
program/event planning (PRIDE and/or Women's Equality Day); assisting with Employee Resource Group materials; planning and supporting the Toledo CEDAW Gender Equity Commission; social media content creation

Equality Toledo is dedicated to eliminating discrimination in our region on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, & gender qxpression through education, advocacy & other anti-defamation efforts.
Potential projects include:
Rainbow Educational Program; event planning and facilitation

One Me To Be works to promote mental wellness, resilience, and recovery within our community. We are dedicated to providing accessible, compassionate, and evidence-based mental health services and support to individuals of all backgrounds. 
Potential projects include:
assist with planning and marketing a Mental Health Awareness Campaign for First-Generation College Students; implementing support groups for First-Generation & Returning College Students

Solace Health & Wellness works to strengthen the health of the community through inclusive and culturally appropriate sexual and reproductive healthcare and mental health services, a variety of relevant educational opportunities, comprehensive social and personal support, and advocacy on the behalf of the community.
Potential projects include: menstrual justice programming; social media, website & outreach; community engagement; collaboration with Equality Toledo and NW Ohio LGBTQ+ Coalition

Women of Toledo works to educate, engage and empower women and youth to keep moving forward.
Potential projects include: Assisting with planning economic development project for Immigrant Heritage Month; supporting Girls Her Hub; researching social services and resouces for Lucas County Guide; planning Women's Equality Day

2024 requirements for agencies

The Community Impact Feminist Fellowship creates an opportunity for students to get professional experience in an agency working to advance gender equity and create a more equitable and sustainable world!

In order to be a fellowship site for 2024, agencies must meet the following criteria:

  • Have non-profit status
  • Demostrate capacity for providing high-impact work experiences (e.g. project assignments, team building, and opportunities for reflection and feedback)
  • Designated supervision with weekly check-ins between supervisor and Fellow
  • Apply by  January 5, 2024
  • Attend student meet and greet the week of April 2, 2024
  • Meet with Eberly Center staff to discuss Fellow's progress during the weeks of June 5th, July 10th and July 31st.


Last Updated: 1/19/24